Construction work as part of the "silo swing" to move a historic silo to a new location for restoration as part of the last intact farmstead in Burlington.
Last week, the Intervale Center, a Burlington-based food and farming non-profit, launched the final phase of a capital campaign to invest $1 million into the buildings and trails of the Intervale. The launch was commemorated with a “silo swing,” moving a historic silo to a new location to be restored as a key piece of the last intact farmstead in Burlington.
With the support of generous donors, the Intervale Center has been working on many exciting new projects. New last summer, there are improved paths, signage and trail blazes to help people better orient themselves throughout the 340 acres of open space available to the community. Additionally, there’s a new pack house at the farmer complex at 282 Intervale Road. Jointly owned by the Intervale Center and Intervale Community Farm, the pack house allows the Intervale Conservation Nursery, an enterprise of the Intervale Center, increase the number of trees they grow and sell by providing space for cold storage and an area to package harvested trees. It also provides an indoor wash station and will help increase production, product quality, and season extension needs for Intervale farms.
In this final phase of the campaign, improvements are focused on the historic farmstead that serves as the Center’s headquarters and main public space for community events like Summervale, with the silo, Community Barn, and Farmhouse being restored.
With less than $30,000 to go to reach their goal of $1 million, the Intervale Center invites community members to participate in special events planned in February and March to help them cross the finish line:
Wintervale – February 24th. Free and open to the public, Wintervale is a community celebration of winter recreation, good food and open space! All are welcome and invited to make a contribution to the capital campaign at the event.
Text to donate – Keep the momentum going! As you walk, ski, snowshoe or bike through the trails of the Intervale, text GIVE INTERVALE to 56512 to donate to support trail improvements.
Hygge in the Intervale – Enjoy delicious, cozy comfort food by Burlington’s best chefs, Molly Stevens (cookbook author), Maura O’Sullivan (Penny Cluse Café) and Luke Stone (The Hindquarter). Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness, comfort, conviviality, wellness and contentment. Help the Intervale Center meet their campaign goal by purchasing tickets to this one-of-a-kind fundraising dinner! Tickets are $50/person. Optional ski rental, dinner, drinks and dessert included. Learn more and buy tickets at: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/intervalecenter/233528/
“The Intervale Center manages a one-of-a-kind asset on behalf of our community, which includes Burlington’s largest stretch of farm land, miles of trails and public infrastructure as well as historic infrastructure,” says Travis Marcotte, the Intervale Center’s Executive Director. “We invite our community to join us as we invest in this special place!”